Posts Tagged ‘Courage & living with RA’

  • Lessons in 8 Quotes from Doctor Strange

    Eight most memorable quotes from Doctor Strange applicable to anyone on a journey to overcome physical limitations, illness, or injury.

  • Position of Privilege

    Discussion of position of privilege with rheumatoid arthritis. Response to a reader’s criticism of the optimistic viewpoint of RA Warrior blog.

  • Invisible Illness and the Public: She Hit Me with Her Cane

    Tomorrow I’m traveling to San Diego for the ACR annual meeting. I’ll be taking a proverbial chill pill (and some real meds) and hoping all goes smoothly. For weeks we’ve done all we can to be ready! This story occurred a couple of months ago… Did anyone ever give you a dirty look for using […]

  • RA Will Not Win Blog Carnival

    Welcome to a special blog carnival with this theme: How Do You Keep the Disease from Taking Over? How will I ever summarize all the inspiration and passion of the wonderful posts contributing to this carnival? It will make great coffee break reading for the rest of this week, so bookmark this page until you’ve […]

  • The Pursuit of Happyness When Part of Your Life Is Called Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Waiting to start a new treatment, the past few weeks, I’ve had a crazy idea. If the treatment works, I might “forget” how it was. So maybe I should do something I’ve never done: take an inventory. A couple years ago, a patient commented that she does a brief inventory of her joints with her […]

  • Embracing the Future, Even with Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Thanks to Rheumatoid Arthritis, not the future we expected None of us knows the future and it often surprises us more than we expect. Getting a diagnosis of “Rheumatoid Arthritis” usually comes with life changes we couldn’t anticipate. No one expects to feel old before it is time, having friends and relatives twice your age […]

  • Surgery, Stories, and Feet amid Stubborn Rheumatoid Disease

    One thing I wish every day is that everyone in the world could read the priceless emails from other warriors I receive every day. If everyone treating or researching this disease could read them, comprehension of the disease and care for it would improve. Family members could have greater understanding. Employers and friends could begin […]

  • Hey Superman! Does Accepting Limitations Make Us Weaker?

    Katie Beth and I got in Monday night from a weekend with other warriors in Houston where I was able to speak about being an empowered patient. That immediately followed an e-Patient Boot Camp talk in Orlando with e-Patient Dave. Preparations and traveling drain so much time and energy that I haven’t been able to […]

  • Accomplishing Thankfulness via Thorough Commitment

    The pieces to the puzzle of me are scattered across this blog. Elephants. Humor. Space exploration. Don Quixote. Determination. Eagles. Pollyanna. Pollyanna gets a bad rap It’s stunning to me how some things are construed as opposite of what they are. Somehow Pollyanna has become synonymous with sounding dismissive and detached. We all know people […]

  • The Beginning of an RA Clinical Trial Journey

    An RA clinical trial coordinator tests my talents I’ve always had some special talents. Like …making things look easy …making strangers smile …keeping secrets. More superpowers? Sometimes, I can make everyone mad at once…with a clear conscience …and everyone’s best interest at heart. It’s not easy, but I manage. My most special skill? Just look […]

  • Perseverance in Fighting Rheumatoid Arthritis

    What keeps you fighting? I tried to quit… At one point, I thought I would be fired as a professional patient. No such luck. I’ve also tried to quit Rheumatoid Arthritis. Maybe you remember my Eject Button. I tried to quit another chronic illness once. Maybe you read my ostrich jokes. I haven’t had a […]

  • Hope for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Our regularly scheduled program will be interrupted for a message from our sponsor.* Ghost stories and hopelessness There is an old North American tale of friends sitting by the campfire. Telling ghost stories at twilight made them jumpy. They became anxious as a faint humming sound grew closer and louder. Screams of horror about bites […]

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